Home and Garden Tour a win-win

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The Real Homes and Gar­dens Tour is one of the Pohlen Foun­da­tion Trust’s big­gest fundrais­ing ven­tures and this year a whop­ping $22,000 was raised to go to­wards Pohlen Hospi­tal’s New Wing Project.

Nine Mata­mata homeowners gen­er­ously opened their homes and gar­dens.

Or­gan­is­ers Joce Hoe­ber­gen, Liz Ather­ton, Ar­lene Swap and Di Louch did a fab­u­lous job of co­or­di­nat­ing the tour.

Pohlen Foun­da­tion Trust chair­woman Lady Mar­garet Spring said the fact that once again the com­mu­nity has ral­lied to­gether for Pohlen is won­der­ful and very much ap­pre­ci­ated.

Home­owner Syd Work­man said it was fan­tas­tic be­ing in­volved in the Real Homes and Garden Tour.

‘‘It was very re­ward­ing to share your house with peo­ple from town, as well as out of town.

‘‘It was great that ev­ery time a car pulled up you knew you were do­ing some­thing for the town as far as Pohlen Hospi­tal goes and help­ing to raise money for a great cause,’’ he said.

‘‘It was lovely to see peo­ple and to talk to the ones that had been to other homes be­fore mine. It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence ... it was great all round, really.’’

Home­owner Irene Cox was more than will­ing to open her home.

‘‘Ev­ery­one was lovely and the weather was great. I en­joyed the sec­ond day when we got to go around and see the other homes; they were all very dif­fer­ent,’’ she said.

‘‘ We got to know each other through the meet­ings so it was really nice to see each other’s homes. It just fin­ished it off really well.’’

Pohlen Foun­da­tion Trust sec­re­tary Ju­dith Chal­lis said there is an army of peo­ple who are re­spon­si­ble for over­see­ing the success of the event and each and ev­ery one of those peo­ple needed to be thanked.

She said com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tions in­cluded homeowners, spon­sors, flo­ral de­sign­ers, in­te­rior de­sign­ers, se­cu­rity staff, busi­nesses who gave prod­ucts as spot prizes and raf­fle prizes, se­cu­rity staff pro­vided by com­mu­nity groups, peo­ple who bought a ticket and those who pro­vided food for the work­ers on the day.

‘‘All costs were cov­ered by spon­sors and so ticket sales and raf­fle pro­ceeds were profit.’’


All for Pohlen: The Pohlen Foun­da­tion Trust is ex­tremely grate­ful to the homeowners who opened their homes and gar­dens to be part of the Real Homes and Garden Tour.

On tour: Groups of peo­ple take

a look through one of the homes on the Real Homes and

Garden Tour. And the win­ner is: Be­low, from left, Liz Ather­ton, Di Louch, Lady Mar­garet Spring and Joce Hoe­ber­gen draw the raf­fle.

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